New features in OS X 10.5 Leopard you may not have heard abo...

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    The People's Republic of America
    Pretty much simple little things that could turn out to make things more convenient. Apple's done a great job with the miniscule improvements that could change the way you use your computer, I'd expect most of these to be very handy.
  3. truz macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2006
    I can't wait for the release. I think time machine is a great idea. It's such a pain in the ass when you edit your clients websites or start working on new projects and require a backup of whatever your working on.

    this time machine is going to make backups great!

    If only something like this was setup for web hosting...
  4. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple have disabled some of the 'secret' features for these developers builds... and enable them until nearer release time.

    Apple know damn well that information will get out...
  5. Superdrive macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    The new pictures screensaver looks like it could be one of those little things that your Windows friends see and say "How can I get my computer to do that?". I am a big fan of eye candy and interface improvments.
  6. impierced macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2002
    I'm very doubtful of that - too easy to find them even if they are disabled.

    There will be many new features included with Leapord, but they are not in the developer builds.

    *cough*new finder*cough*
  7. RichP macrumors 68000


    Jun 30, 2003
    Motor City
    I tend to agree, perhaps we may see some new features in January at Macworld.

    We havent seen:

    -A finder update

    -Bootcamp? This thing isnt going to be beta forever. I want to see fastOS switching.
  8. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    Slightly off-topic...

    Because revamped Finder preferences and a brand new Finder are not mutually exclusive? And because a new Finder has little to do with a developer preview? This preview is only there to highlight some of the core technologies that will be present to devs in Leopard. This is part of the problem with it being leaked to torrents; now everyone and their grandmother is looking for features and, with a lacking thereof, posting their "findings" to their websites. I'm liking the screenshots that this site gave out, though.

    I know this isn't the thread for this, but it came up so I just wanted to acknowledge it.

    I can't see "Fast OS switching" as a feasibility at this point. Phil Schiller, while no doubt using PR fluff, stated that Apple's committed solution is "dual boot." Now it's certainly possible that they could revamp the experience to retain your session ala hibernation for when you come back to Mac OS X, but I don't see them going out of their way to make Windows a pleasant experience.

    It only benefits Apple to make Windows look as though it's "bolted on," and leave the real work -- for PR reasons and developer mindshare reasons -- to third parties such as Parallels and VMWare. For proof on this, look at the heightened use of platform evangelism at this year's WWDC and the Mac vs. PC ads.

    Just imagine the reaction at WWDC, with the audience being Macintosh devs, Steve would have received if he said "Red Box? It's true! Yellow Box is still dead, however... So Windows apps will run on OS X, but not vice versa." That's not to say they're not working it as a contingency plan, though. It's not unreasonable to believe that Red Box (or even some sort of virtualization aka "Fast OS Switching") exists, while Yellow Box is still being maintained somewhere in Cupertino. That doesn't necessarily translate to the technologies being released, though.
  9. gerardrj macrumors regular

    May 2, 2002
    coolest little stuff

    Some of the stuff I really like that I don't see at this site:

    1. The new Safari search within a page feature. It completely eliminates the "it found something but I can't tell what's highlighted" syndrome. Instead of simply highlighting the target text, it also dims all the non-matched text in the window. The currently found text is also "zoomed" in an orange rectangle. Completely cool.

    2. The new help function opens menus and puts a big purple arrow next to them so even a nearly blind person can see where the option is located.

    3. Spaces isn't just a 2x2 grid, it can by any size up to 4x4. And its completely multiple monitor aware.
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I'm glad to see that the open/save dialogs are finally being enhanced. If they provide a way to rename and/or delete items, it'll be appreciated.

    The eject all button is nice for those enhanced CDs though I've finally gotten to the point where I use the eject key.

    You are creating your websites on your machine and uploading them, aren't you?
  11. Oryan macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    This is by far my most favorite new feature. Although I see myself using Time Machine a lot too.
  12. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    Whilst none of those features are startling, I do like to see lots of minor improvements too - gives a sense of ongoing refinement to an already decent product.

    One question - is that "Battery Health: Poor" thing a new feature? A good one if so, but then is it there to persuade people to click the "Get new battery option"?

    I'm sure I'll buy Leopard so I hope it continues to show new stuff :)
  13. ipearx macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2005
    New Zealand
    Yes it is new - currently I use
  14. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    It's a very useful one, but what I was really hoping would be addressed are those incredibly annoying "The volume cannot be ejected because it is in use" alerts, which offer no help in discovering what's keeping the volume busy.

    2 features I really wanted to see were a (GUI) utility to determine what processes are keeping what files in use (useful in the above case) and what files each process is using; and a utility somewhat like Little Snitch so the user can monitor, log and search all network connections.
  15. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    It'd be cool if all of the little things you need 3rd party tweaks to do were incorporated in Leopard. I know they won't be but I'd like that.

    Stuff like clear dock, onyx etc
  16. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    You can already monitor what files a process is using from Activity Monitor. Select a process and click inspect. Then, click the Open files and Ports tab.

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  17. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Glad they have been working on the save dialog box, its a bit underpowered at this point :eek:
  18. j33pd0g macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    Central NY
    Still no global options for "list view/columns/icons" in the Finder prefs? That would rock. I would love to always see everything in list view.
  19. Monk Edsel macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004
  20. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    All these features look really simple, but I like 'em. They will be helpful in the long run. :)
  21. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    When were the enhanced navigation services added, Mac OS 8.5? Windows 95 still has more powerful open/save dialog boxes than Tiger.

    It's as if they're finally to the point where they can sharpen the blade of the sword.

    Soon, we'll be able to sort Finder windows from a contextual menu item, just like Mac OS 9.
  22. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005

    Mine works fine... :eek:

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